Neifi Perez agreed today to return to the Colorado Rockies on a minor league contract -- a goodwill gesture for one of the more popular players in club history.
Perez could earn 1 million dollars if he makes the 40-man roster and earns significant playing time, but the odds of that are slim because the organization is loaded with young, talented infielders.
The Rockies already have two candidates in Clint Barmes and Omar Quintanilla to replace Jamey Carroll as their utility infielder.
Perez will report to the club's minor league complex this week. If he were to make the 40-man roster, Perez would earn $750,000. He can make up to $250,000 in performance bonuses, earning the full amount if he plays in 120 games.
Perez won a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2000 with Colorado but has bounced around the major leagues ever since, playing for the Royals, Giants, Cubs and Tigers.